St. Mary’s Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

January 28, 2016

leyla-samadiUPDATE 1/28/2016: Leyla Samadi, 54, who now lives in St. Mary’s County, pleaded guilty Wednesday, January 27, 2016, to illegally obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Samadi faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

6/2/2015: U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Leyla Samadi, formerly of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with illegally obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, between November 22, 2014 and January 7, 2015, the defendant tampered with pain medications Demerol and Hydromorphone while working as a registered nurse at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo.

The complaint states that Samadi, while working in her capacity as nurse, would log into a Pyxis machine which is used to automatically dispense liquid pain medications using her username and fingerprint scan. The defendant would identify the narcotic and patient it would be administered to. Samadi would remove the medication, take it to the patient, scan the patient’s wristband and scan the medication. But rather than administer the medication to the patient, the defendant would instead inject herself with the narcotic. Samadi then replaced the missing medication with saline solution and return it to the Pyxis machine. Once she returned the vile to the Pyxis machine, the defendant would cancel the transaction claiming that she had selected the wrong medication or the wrong patient.

Samadi was arrested this morning at her home in Germantown, Maryland. She will make an initial appearance today in the District of Maryland before being returned to the Western District of New York for prosecution.

The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Ebersole, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, under the direction of Eric T. Schneiderman, New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, under the direction of Joshua Vinciguerra, and the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, under the direction of Chief Upstate Investigator Upstate William Falk.

21 Responses to St. Mary’s Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

  1. Keepin It Real on January 28, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    She’ll be out before she’s 60. Slap on the wrist.

  2. somdforever on January 29, 2016 at 7:24 am

    By doing what she did, she put patients lives in jeopardy. Replacing the drugs with saline, then putting it back into the system, patients who really needed the pain meds, would be receiving nothing but saline. I’m just curious how she withdrew the med from the vial and replaced it without anyone noticing.

    • Anonymous on January 31, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Pain medication doesn’t saves lives. All it does is make life more comfortable for the patient. People survived in the past without these powerful narcotic pain medications, which in my opinion does more harm than good.

      • Anonymous on February 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

        Obviously you have never seen someone in the last moments or even hours of life or someone in so much pain they wished for death. The hospitals are only allowed to give certain doses of these medications and when they reach the limit there is nothing they can do to ease the persons suffering. By her diluting the pain medication she potentially made people suffer needlessly. Without pain medication after an accident I might have given up and not fought to live. Pain medications can absolutely save lives or make dying much more comfortable for the patient. People lived without penicillin, aspirin, acetaminophen, and other medications too but there is no reason not to use them responsibly now. What this woman did was despicable and she is a terrible human being.

  3. Anonymous on January 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Anything positive she did in her life is erased by this one despicable act. Now she is no more than a low life junkie. She is lower than a street junkie because her actions could have resulted in patients being in indescribable amounts of pain and not being able to receive the proper dosage to control that pain. I hope it was all worth it because now she will never be trusted to apply her trade again, just another out of work welfare case drug addict.

  4. me on January 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I think someone noticed.. lol

  5. Anon on January 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    So she withheld pain meds from patients under her care, used them for her own needs, and then diluted the supply with saline?

    There’s a special place in Hell for her.

  6. Jennifer Boyd on January 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    This is tragic. She is very smart and was a very good nurse. The patients didn’t get their pain meds—very sad….she took care of me when I had my first son and was an excellent nurse. Heartbreaking….

    • Keepin It Real on January 31, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      No, Ole Yeller was heartbreaking. She’s a POS.

      • smc0047 on February 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

        Shame on you.

        • Keepin It Real on February 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

          I can live with that. Next!

  7. Lynn D on January 29, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    This breaks my heart.

  8. Sherry on January 31, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Don’t believe everything you read!

    • Keepin It Real on February 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

      That applies to what you just posted as well, which would means we could logically dismiss your advice.

    • Giggity Goo on February 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Enlighten us then. You enablers are part of the problem.

  9. Anonymous on February 1, 2016 at 9:24 am


  10. smc0047 on February 1, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Addiction is a horrible thing.

    • Anonymous on February 1, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      No, people can be horrible people. Addiction starts out as a choice to get high and then people realize they can’t quit or they just plain don’t want to quit. Instead of going to a clinic to seek help she decided to make people needlessly suffer so she could get high. That is the actions of a horrible person.

    • Keepin It Real on February 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      You would know.

  11. Anonymous on February 2, 2016 at 9:33 am

    and a doctors daughter

  12. kat20636 on February 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    …and she’s a doctors daughter